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Assent to LGBTQ+ Bill – Christian Council Appeals to Akufo-Addo

According to the Christian Council, presidential assent was needed urgently to kick in the implementation of the law to deal with the threats that triggered the bill.

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has appealed to President Akufo-Addo to assent to the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill passed by Parliament into law.

According to the Christian Council, presidential assent was needed urgently to kick in the implementation of the law to deal with the threats that triggered the bill.

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr Cyril G. K. Fayose, said the council, which was one of the sponsors of the bill, welcomed its passage into law, stressing that the bill was in the right direction and that “we would want to encourage the President to assent to it”.

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He said the bill went through a rigorous process and the invitation of views from civil society, religious and traditional organisations and that the comprehensive process gave opportunity to people to make inputs.

“I am satisfied with the outcome with it,” he said, adding that “I think due diligence was done.”

Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday, February 28, unanimously passed the controversial Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill after months of deliberation.

This new legislation prescribes a 3-year jail term for identifying as LGBTQ+ and a maximum of five (5) years for the willful promotion, sponsorship, or support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) activities in the country.

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